October 27, 2010
Women's Golf Ranked Sixth Nationally After Fall Season
Senior Michele Low Ranked Tenth; Wallace's 66 Lowest Round In The Country To Date
The Belmont Abbey women's golf team is ranked sixth in NCAA Division II, and senior Michelle Low is ranked tenth nationally in the individual rankings as conducted by Golfstat.
The Crusaders wrapped up the fall season by playing four tournaments, winning three and setting individual, school and tournament records in two of those. The Abbey finished third in the tournament it did not win, the NSU Shark Invitational.
Belmont Abbey opened the fall by capturing the 2010 Queens University Invitational by seven shots over Carson-Newman, posting a two-day team score of 640, carding rounds of 316 and 324 as three of the five players finished in the top ten.
Two weeks later, Low defended her title at the Tusculum Fall Classic by setting a school record with a four under 68 (then a school-record), birdieing 17 and 18 to give the Abbey a one-shot win to take the team title for the third-straight year. The Crusaders fired a second-round score of 296, a new tournament record, as it defeated UNC Pembroke by one shot. Low fired a four under 68 in the final round, besting the previous school record of 69 that she shared with Carley Warrington, to capture medalist honors by five shots.
After a third-place finish at the NSU Shark Invitational, the Crusaders closed out the fall season October 19 with an eight shot win at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational. The Abbey set the 18 hole record with an opening round 294 and added to its first round lead with a 297 on the last day. The two day score of 591 is also a tournament record. Sophomore Meagan Wallace set school and tournament records with a final round six-under par 66, the lowest round of the year nationally, as her round featured six birdies and a dozen pars and her 139 total is also a new tournament mark. She claimed medalist honors by seven shots. The six under is possibly a course amateur record in competition play at the Country Club of Salisbury. Catawba’s Paige Haverty shot a 66 in US Open qualifying in 2006, but at a Par 71 (-5).
Low is ranked tenth in the NCAA Division II rankings with a scoring average of 74.88 in eight rounds played.